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While you are on the path forward to renewed health, many in our community continue to struggle with their wellbeing. Some are facing a difficult choice of where to go for their care, or who to trust during a medical emergency. This is why we need your help. Denver Health is piloting a Patient Ambassador program that asks patients to share their care experiences.

Our goal is to share your story on our website, through social media, with Denver Health’s staff and through other educational and communications platforms, to have those who have regained better health shine a light for others.

Here’s an example of the stories our patients share.

Become a Patient Ambassador

We ask that you write a short first-person story of your patient journey. If you prefer we share your story through video, we can arrange a time for you to be recorded on camera.

To get started, begin your story by considering the following:

  • What was your experience like at Denver Health?
  • Who were the physicians or nurses who helped you?
  • How is your health now?
  • What did you learn from this experience?
  • What is your advice for others going through something similar or seeking care?

We welcome and encourage specific details to create a valuable and relatable story. Your honesty allows others to learn from your experience and be the inspiration that could truly save a life.

We will guide you through the writing process, and work around your schedule. Photos are encouraged.

What I Learned About My Heart as an Endurance Athlete

I was referred to Dr. Brian Stauffer at Denver Health, who’s also an endurance athlete and cardiologist. Dr. Stauffer, who later became a very good friend of mine, was awesome and he moved his schedule around to accommodate me. He spent a good hour and a half with me, and found out that I was living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, which meant I had an irregular heartbeat.

Here’s Why It’s Dangerous to Send Patients With Eating Disorders to the Emergency Room

I certainly never thought that specialists in the medical complications of eating disorders, or the only medical eating disorders hospital unit in the world, would now come stand beside me, and save my life.

A Moment of Peace for Sly

On Sylvester “Sly” Reza’s last day of life, his favorite tenor, baritone and bass vocalists filled the care room at Denver Health. As the group of 20 stood around his bed with tears in their eyes, taking in every last detail of Sly’s last moments, one a capella voice rang out singing “Peace, Peace, Peace.”


How Denver Health Helped Me Become Who I’ve Always Been Inside

I lost all hope of ever transitioning into a man at a young age because I’m from the South. I come from Locust Fork, Alabama, and I was the first in-your-face-deal-with-it, hate-me-or-love-me-I-don’t-care lesbian there ever was. And they all had no idea how to handle it.

Becoming a Mother and Getting Clean

I'm a 25-year-old mother of a seventh-month-old girl, but before the birth of my daughter I was extremely addicted to IV heroin and had no life for myself.

Building My Armor: An Eating Disorder Recovery Journey with ACUTE

I was at the end of my rope. Upon arrival at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, I was feeling hopeless, helpless and just plain tired.

Gaining a New Family at Denver Health

Today I’m 59-years-young and feeling better than ever. The reason I feel this way is because not so long ago, I wasn't doing well. I had no insurance, was homeless and had no idea what would come next in life.

After Debilitating Car Crash, Finding Peace Again

I arrived at Denver Health by ambulance, with no clear idea of what had happened to me. I would later recall that I was thrown from my Subaru after being t-boned by a truck when running a red light with no seatbelt — distracted while trying to put my cellphone back into my purse.

A New Perception of Denver Health

In mid-July I had very serious abdominal pain, and I needed to go to the hospital. Those close to me were convinced it was appendicitis, so I was aware it was an emergency situation.

A Lifelong Eating Disorder Battle – and How I Survived: Betty’s Story

I now realize that treatment should not feel like babysitting. At ACUTE, I finally found a team and program that helped save my life.